Anderson coauthored thirteen books in Frank Herbert's classic DUNE universe with Herbert's son Brian. His epic science fiction series, “The Saga of Seven Suns,” was followed by a nautical fantasy trilogy, “Terra Incognita,” about sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars and X-Files series and coauthored Prodigal Son with Dean Koontz. With Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, Anderson wrote the novel for the new Rush album Clockwork Angels. For the Horror Writers Association, he edits the Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror stories. He is also a prolific writer of comics and graphic novels, and he and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
Anderson's research has taken him to the top of Mount Whitney and the bottom of the Grand Canyon, into the Andes Mountains and the Amazon River, inside a Minuteman III missile silo and its underground control bunker, onto the deck of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, onto the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange, and behind the scenes at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has climbed all 54 mountain peaks in the Colorado Rockies higher than 14,000 feet, and he has completed more than 300 miles of the Colorado Trail. He lives with his wife, writer Rebecca Moesta, in their mountain home in Colorado.